Watch a snowboarder survive an avalanche with an inflatable backpack

LiveLeaker w4chi posted a video of what it's like to survive an avalanche while wearing a special inflatable backpack. Read the rest

Watch these tree well rescues for your daily dose of NOPE

Tree wells are a natural phenomenon in deep mountain snow. Evergreens basically act as flour sifters, causing snow around the trees to have less density than surrounding snowpack. Backcountry snowsport enthusiasts on ungroomed courses who get too close to these trees drop in (usually head-first) and can't extricate themselves. Read the rest

Freeskiing. At night. On LED-covered skis.

Skier Mathieu Bijasson didn't think it was insane enough to ski down the steepest faces of the French Alps during the day, so he rigged up some skis and poles with LED lighting and did it at night. The result is visually beautiful and teeth-clenchingly terrifying all at once. Read the rest

Two teens carve into 5,000-year-old rock carving, just trying to help

This famed 5,000-year-old rock carving on the island of Tro, near Nordland, Norway, depicting a figure on skis, is one of the most important historical sites in the country. Two teenagers may be prosecuted for scratching into the stone to make the artwork clearer. (Above: image at left is before, right is after.)

The boys came forward last week, and apologized for their actions.

“It was done out of good intentions," said local mayor Bård Anders Langø. "They were trying to make it more visible actually, and I don’t think they understood how serious it was."

According to The Telegraph, the teens may still face prosecution under Norway’s Cultural Heritage Act.

“It’s a sad, sad story,” Nordland Country archaeologist Tor-Kristian Storvik said. “The new lines are both in and outside where the old marks had been. We will never again be able to experience these carvings again the way we have for the last 5,000 years.”

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After years of skiing half-blind, I've finally found the answer

I'm not a hardcore skiier, but growing up in Canada I did learn, and my family and I go skiing about once a year. Read the rest

Creepy couture ski mask from 1962

This Emilio Pucci ski mask was high fashion on the slopes in 1962. From a spread in the December 7, 1962 issue of LIFE magazine. Read the rest

Parkour-style urban skiing

Here's a "street skiing" video that crosses street-skating with parkour, driving a long-suffering pair of skis over a series of urban obstacles from stone stairs to snowy hills. Just watching this daredevil makes my heart pound in sympathy.

JP Auclair street.avi (via Kottke) Read the rest